Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 11-18-23

In early 1980 newspaper The Village Voice published the results of its poll of 155 music critics. Voted the best album of 1979 was Graham Parker & The Rumour’s Squeezing Out Sparks. The rest of the top ten was:

Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps

The Clash – The Clash

Talking Heads – Fear of Music

Elvis Costello – Armed Forces

Van Morrison – Into the Music

The B-52s – The B-52s

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Damn the Torpedoes

Pere Ubu – Dub Housing

Donna Summer – Bad Girls                                                                                                                                                                  Graham Parker was born on this date in 1950. A handful of his songs are included on today’s playlist.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 12-29-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the December 29 birthdays of The Band’s Rick Danko, The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Jim Reid, The Crystals’ Barbara Alston, Marianne Faithfull, The Offspring’s Dexter Holland, UGK’s Pimp C, Propellerheads’ Alex Gifford, Wild Cherry’s Robert Parissi, Brand Nubian’s Sadat X, GQ’s Emanuel Rahiem Leblanc, Augie March’s Glenn Richards, Yvonne Elliman, and Mary Tyler Moore; and the December 30 birthdays of Del Shannon, Patti Smith, Bo Diddley, Electric Light Orchestra’s Jeff Lynne, The Monkees’ Davy Jones, The Monkees’ Mike Nesmith, Peter Paul and Mary’s Noel Paul Stookey, Skeeter Davis, Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay, London Grammar’s Hannah Reid, BTS’s V, The Lumineers’ Wesley Schultz, Tracey Ullman, Dave Stewart, John Hartford, and Russ Tamblyn.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist (9-26-20)

Inspired by the September 26 birthdays of Olivia Newton-John, Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry, En Vogue’s Cindy Herron, Marty Robbins, Everything But the Girl’s Tracey Thorn, David Frizzell, Lynn Anderson, Nicki French, Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde’s Andre Harrell, Julie London and George Gershwin; and the September 25 birthdays of T.I., Santigold, The Fresh Prince, Childish Gambino, Cecil Womack and Catherine Zeta-Jones.